Stan Douglas - Nu•tka• (1996)

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Originally a continuous video projection installation Two-sided CAV laserdiscs; 4 laserdiscs. Alternately show n as single-channel color video projection and quadraphonic soundtrack;

Nu•tka• utilizes image bifurcation, this time to explore the history of colonialization on Vancouver Island, where English and Spanish fleets battled over trade routes in the 18th century. Films of the landscape—the only imagery shown—are superimposed on one screen so that the footage appears doubled. This formal effect is echoed by the soundtrack, which includes excerpts from the sea captains’ diaries, which become increasingly paranoid and irrational. At key moments in the narrative all visual and verbal elements meld together in exquisite clarity. -- Nancy Spector


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